Alan Turing, a pioneer of computers, led a group of scholars to crack the codes of Germany's WWII Enigma machine. A genius under nail-biting pressure helped to save millions of lives and was ultimately convicted for the crime of homosexuality.
Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong.
Release Date: Nov 28, 2014
Rated: PG-13 for some Sexual References, Mature Thematic Material and Historical Smoking
Runtime: 1 hr. 53 min.
The Imitation Game is a fairly standard biopic that’s finely crafted and well acted even if it’s a bit mechanical at times. It benefits greatly from some impressive performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Benedict Cumberbatch captures the sadness, awkwardness and intelligence of Turing with subtle power. There are moments in the film that provide him a perfect platform to display his immense talent. The always reliable Keira Knightley is excellent in a supporting role. It feels like a standard role at first but as the film moves on she’s allowed to flesh out the roles giving us a meatier role that what’s on the page. The Imitation Game is filled some incredibly tense moments along with a fresh bit of humor sprinkled in, something you wouldn’t expect from this type of film and it’s theme. The film’s script is filled with tons of parallels and metaphors which will keep your mind churning well after it’s done. It’s a tragic tale but one that deserved to be told with an excellent and entertaining film.